Here is what became of Mr. Draco:
And I used masking again. Because I am in love with masking. Masking is my life.
It takes a beautifully stamped or stamped and colored image and gives it so much depth and dimension, without the bulk. And that is important to me.
I adore cards with lots of dimension.
The visual appeal.
The fun of the embellishment.
I find myself thinking, "How will I be able to mail that without it being damaged?"
I know I could use a padded envelope and pay extra postage, etc. but I am lazy. I want to pop my cards in a regular 'ol envelope and drop them in the mail.
So masking allows me to bring stamped images to life without mush fuss.
I wanted to add this really awesome big rhinestone button to the center of the bow and a metal bookplate with the greeting stamped inside...I even had both in place and then I realized it just wasn't feeling right to me.
I replaced those large, bulky items and stamped the greeting directly to the background and added punched butterflies adorned with rhinestone centers.
Super easy and the end result is still a fairly flat and easy-to-mail card.
I love these muted green colors. I have linked to them each individually today (see supplies below). I don't always do that simply because it takes forever to link to each and every one. But with this few markers (and colors that I really, really love) I thought I would. ;)
Speaking of Copics: I have had numerous requests asking which ones I recommend, etc. I am working on a post on this. I resisted at first, simply because color is such a personal choice, but I keep getting requests so I will be sharing all that information in a post soon. :)
PAPER: Maple Nutmeg Cardstock Paper by Cosmo Cricket (wood grain punched butterflies); Hard Candy Sweet Life Patterned Paper by KI Memories (green patt. paper); Sesame Oil Egg Drop Soup Paper by Jillibean Soup (blue patt. paper); Snow Folded Cards by Hero Arts; Neenah Solar White Cardstock 25 sheet pkg. OR Ream; Vellum
TOOLS: Corner Chomper Crop-a-dile; Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine; Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Ornamental; Martha Stewart Classic Butterflies 3-in-1 Punch; Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper; Ranger Inkssentials Ink Applicator & Blending Tool
This card is all ready to be sent to one of the kids in the Cards For Kids Card Drive. :)
I am so excited. My office is finally getting it's new coat of paint in a beautiful shade of aqua-ish blue. (Technically the color is called Raindrop from Sherwin Williams for those who like that sort of thing. ;))
I will be offline most of Monday while my office gets beautified but hopefully all will be restored and running smoothly again on Tuesday.
I already have Monday's picks + video all ready to go so look for that if you enjoy those posts. :)
On Wednesday, I will start sharing sneak peeks of the September 1 release of Whiff of Joy stamps. This is my first new release to work with and I am loving the new stamps. Think Halloween. Think Christmas Mice. So, so cute!
I am also working on videos requested by you, my blog readers. Cards and/or projects that I've created that you want to watch the creation of. Look for those to start being added soon.
Oh, and once the paint is dry and I've cleaned this place I will be sharing in-depth videos + photos of my studio. Lots of organization tips and such. Fun, fun stuff planned.
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Thanks for stopping by!